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Welcome to Theatre Royal Winchester!

We have a beautiful 400 seat venue, rich in history but fully attuned to the 21st century. We present a dynamic programme of the highest quality drama, music, dance, comedy, children’s theatre and pantomime.

Situated at the cultural heart of the city of Winchester we are committed to bringing our audiences the best work, as well as supporting artists and performers.

In 2014 Theatre Royal Winchester celebrated its centenary. With its Edwardian-style auditorium and contemporary refurbishments, it is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful theatres in the south of England and is the only surviving cine-variety theatre in the country.

We present up to 200 performances per year and welcome over 70,000 visitors through our doors. In addition, over 300 young people per week from around the district participate in workshops, youth theatre and dance.

Winchester Hat Fair, one of the country’s most longstanding and exciting annual street festivals, is also part of the Theatre Royal programme. Its unique combination of small and large scale open air performance attracts audiences from far and wide and performers from all over the world.

Being located near the centre of England’s ancient capital city, we are able to provide a professional stage for many amateur groups, schools and emerging artists. As a charitable trust, funded in part by Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and Arts Council England, we rely heavily on the support of local businesses, stakeholders and the wonderful ticket-buying public.

So, take a look at What’s On and keep attending to be inspired by the arts and experience the thrill of live theatre.

Theatre Royal Winchester inside
Winchester Images Sound II Man on a Horse Buttercross Hat Fair Alfred the Great Hat Fair

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Live Theatre Winchester Trust Ltd is registered in England. Company Number 03696681,
Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB. Registered Charity number 1077139.